Research Interests

Research conducted by staff at the Department of Education Studies draws upon multi- and transdisciplinary orientations and focuses on four broad areas: (1) curriculum studies; (2) whole-person development and education; (3) education system, policy and management; and (4) social sciences. Staff members actively engage in joint research efforts that involve intra- and inter-institutional collaborations. The goal is to cultivate the development of transdisciplinary knowledge that in forms educational practices in the context of whole-person development at various academic levels.

The research interests of individual staff members are presented in themes grouped under each broad area.

Curriculum Studies

Themes Research interests Staff
English language learning and education Second language acquisition Dr. Joshua ChanDr. Tsang Yiu Kei
Language Acquisition Mr. Tony Lai
English language teaching pedagogy Dr. Joshua Chan
Academic literacy (reading and writing for academic purposes) Dr. Joshua Chan
English language education Mr. Tony Lai
Second language writing Dr. Ricky Lam
Lexis and formulaic language Dr. Joshua Chan
Singing and phonological learning Dr. Joshua Chan
A head start on grammar for young learners of English Dr. Choi Tat Heung
Language learning autobiographies Dr. Peter Huang
Language and identity Dr. Peter Huang
Language assessment Dr. Ricky Lam
English activation through arts-based learning Dr. Choi Tat Heung
Chinese language development and learning Language development – Chinese Dr. Tang Kit Yi
Language (Chinese) teaching in different aspects Dr. Tang Kit Yi
Language (Chinese) teaching pedagogy Dr. Tang Kit Yi
NCS in Chinese Language learning Dr. Tang Kit Yi
Chinese language processing Dr. Tsang Yiu Kei
Word recognition Dr. Tsang Yiu Kei
Lexical tone processing Dr. Tsang Yiu Kei
Mathematics education Learning and teaching of mathematics in tool-based environments (in particular ICT and  dynamic geometry) Dr. Allen Leung
Mathematics task design Dr. Allen Leung
Applications and development of the Theory of Variation in teaching and learning Dr. Allen Leung
Liberal Studies education Geographical and environmental education Dr. Leon LeeDr. Jacky Pow
Social studies education Dr. Leon Lee
Liberal Studies education Dr. Leon Lee
Dr. Cheung Wai Chun
Curriculum development Curriculum development in Hong Kong secondary and primary Schools Dr. Marina Wong
Curriculum issues Dr. Leon LeeDr. Marina Wong
Curriculum accommodation – diversity education / universal design learning Dr. Tang Kit Yi
Curriculum studies Dr. Marina Wong
Teaching and learning Classroom environment Prof. Atara Sivan
Social media in learning Dr. Lisa Deng
Informal learning Dr. Lisa Deng
Lesson and learning studies Dr. Allen Leung
Critical thinking, epistemology, critical news literacy (i.e., smart-news reading) Dr. Kelly Ku
Time-perspective bias and disjunctive reasoning (i.e, in decision making) Dr. Kelly Ku
Children’s homework Prof. Vicky Tam
Neuroscience and learning Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Prof. Sandy Li
Emotion, communication and cognitive processes with experimental approaches and neuroscience techniques Dr. Ann Lui
Assessment Peer review Dr. Ricky Lam
portfolio assessment Dr. Ricky Lam
Assessment for learning Dr. Ricky LamDr. Marina Wong
Special needs Adapted music curriculum for students with intellectual disabilities Dr. Marina Wong
Social communication and behaviors among children and adults with special educational needs Dr. Ann Lui
Inclusive Education- Dyslexia, ADHD/ADD Dr. Tang Kit Yi
Learning community Online learning community Dr. Lisa DengDr. Jacky Pow
Learning communities Prof. Atara SivanProf. Vicky Tam
IT application in education Multitasking with digital technologies Dr. Lisa Deng
Ubiquitous Learning Prof. Sandy Li
Simulation and modelling in education
Undergraduates’ Internet Information Verification and Usage Pattern for Inquiry-based learning Dr. Jacky Pow
Pedagogical affordance of video-based massive open on-line courses (MOOCs) in facilitating self-directed learning Dr. Jacky Pow
Digital literacy Dr. Jacky Pow
Classroom management Classroom management Mr. Tony Lai
Teacher development and education Teacher professional development Dr. Tang Kit YiDr. Marina Wong
Teacher education Prof. Atara Sivan,
Dr. Marina WongDr. Jacky Pow
TESL Teacher education Dr. Peter Huang
Teachers-as-writers: Genres and creativity Dr. Choi Tat Heung
Teacher stress, burnout and engagement Dr. Sammy Ho
Learner and teacher autonomy Dr. Peter Huang
Whole Person Development and Education
ThemeResearch interestsStaff
Child and adolescent developmentChild and adolescent developmentProf. Vicky TamDr. Sammy Ho
 Leisure and youth developmentProf. Atara Sivan
 Parental involvement in educationProf. Vicky Tam
Lifespan developmentHuman DevelopmentMr. Tony Lai
Whole person development and educationHumor and psychological well-beingDr. Sammy Ho
 Leisure educationProf. Atara Sivan
Education System Policy and Management
Themes Research interests Staff
School management and leadership Leadership in ICT Implementation Prof. Sandy Li
Comparative education Rural & ethnic education Dr. Cheung Wai Chun
Social Sciences
Themes Research interests Staff
Sociocultural issues Gender issues Prof. Vicky Tam
Globalization and higher education Dr. CHEE, Wai Chi
Migration and education Dr. CHEE, Wai Chi
Education studies History of education Dr. Cheung Wai Chun,
Oral history Dr. Cheung Wai Chun
Research methods Qualitative research methodology Dr. Peter HuangProf. Vicky Tam
Rasch Model and Multi-level Structural Equation Modelling Prof. Sandy Li
Psychology Teaching and learning of psychology Dr. Sammy Ho